Basic Level: Be able to . . .
- Explain how the different branches of government work?
- Explain how the different branches of government work together?
- Explain how the different branches of government check the powers of one another?
Advanced Understanding: Be able to . . .
- Analyze our government structure and determine the key factors that make our government an efficient or inefficient form of government.
- Analyze our government structure and assess its ability to respond to rapid changes occurring and predicted to occur in our world.
- Determine whether the way our government works to benefit all citizens or to favor some citizens over others.
Chapter Learning Goals
Chapter 6: Congress
6.1: Trace the roots of the legislative branch outlined by the U.S. Constitution
6.2: Characterize the demographic attributes of members of Congress, and identify factors that affect their chances for reelection
6.3: Assess the role of the committee system, political parties, and congressional leadership in organizing Congress
6.4: Identify three of the most significant powers of Congress
6.5: Analyze the factors that influence how members of Congress make decisions
6.6: Evaluate the strategic interactions between Congress, the president, the courts, and the people.Guiding Questions:
1. How well does Congress represent the diverse population of the nation? Why?
2. What are the most important powers of Congress?
3. Was/is Congress designed to make changes quickly? How?
Chapter 7: The Presidency
7.1: Trace the development of the presidency and the provisions for choosing and replacing presidents
7.2: Identify and describe the constitutional powers of the president
7.3: Evaluate the development and expansion of presidential power
7.4: Outline the structure of the presidential establishment and the functions of each of its components
7.5: Explain the concept of presidential leadership and analyze the importance of public opinion
7.6: Assess the president’s role as policy makerGuiding Questions:
1. How has the presidency changed over time?
2. Is the president too powerful? Why?
3. How do popularity polls of the president affect a successful presidency? Why?
Chapter 8: The Executive Branch and the Federal Bureaucracy
8.1: Trace the growth and development of the federal bureaucracy
8.2: Describe modern bureaucrats, and outline the structure of the modern bureaucracy
8.3: Determine how the bureaucracy makes policy
8.4: Evaluate controls designed to make agencies more accountableGuiding Questions:
1. How has the bureaucracy changed over time?
2. What determines the effectiveness of individual bureaucratic agencies?
3. What makes a bureaucratic regulation good or bad? Why?
Chapter 9 The Judiciary
9.1: Trace the development of the federal judiciary and the origins of judicial review
9.2: Explain the organization of the federal court system
9.3: Outline the criteria and process used to select federal court judges
9.4: Evaluate the Supreme Court’s process for accepting, hearing, and deciding cases
9.5: Analyze the factors that influence judicial decision making
9.6: Assess the role of the Supreme Court in the policy-making processGuiding Questions:
1. Which is better, judicial activism or judicial restraint? Why?
2. Should Supreme Court justices have term limits? If yes, explain the term and conditions you would set? Why?
3. In what way or ways do you think the federal courts have too much or too little power? Why?Vocabulary
President pro tempore
Select (or special) committee
Speaker of the House
War Powers Resolution
Executive Office of the President (EOP)
Office of Management and Budget (OMB)
U.S. v Nixon (1974)
War Powers Resolution
Civil service system
Independent executive agencies
Independent regulatory commission
Policy coordinating committees
Judiciary Act of 1789
Marbury v. Madison (1803)
Rule of Four
Writ of certiorari